Shaw University 150

Department of  Humanities

Course Descriptions

ARA 151 Arabic I (3) 
An introduction to the Arabic alphabet, numerals, and simple grammar in addition to simple translation.

ARA 152 Arabic II (3) 
Intensive practice in grammar, reading, and writing. Reading of simple materials is required.

ARA 153 Arabic III (3)
Intensive practice in grammar, reading, and writing.

ARA 154 Arabic IV (3)
A continuation of Arabic III with additional readings in Arabic literature and a study of Arabic culture.

ENG 110 College English and Composition I (3)
A course in basic composition and grammar. It is designed to improve grammar and mechanics, encourage a positive attitude toward reading and writing, and introduce students to the writing process. The course also fosters an understanding of the demands of academic writing, introduces expository writing, and begins developing basic research skills.

ENG 111 College English and Composition II (3) Prerequisite: ENG 110
An introductory course in expository writing. It is designed to increase understanding of the demands of academic writing. It emphasizes the writing process, writing with clarity and purpose, developing and organizing ideas effectively, and using the conventions of edited English. Students practice writing expositions and arguments informed by short readings and also enhance their research skills.

ENG 112 College Composition and Argument (3) Prerequisite: ENG 111
A course in argument and analysis. It is designed to strengthen interpretive and evaluative skills. It introduces literary and critical analysis and focuses on developing argumentative and persuasive skills. The course incorporates a minor research component.

ENG 113 College Composition and Research (3) (Prerequisite: ENG 112 )

A course in writing argumentative and analytical essays informed by research.

ENG 211 Introduction to World Literature (3) Prerequisite: ENG 111-113
An introduction to the various genres in world literature and a study of some works in depth. Students analyze and evaluate critically basic literary works both orally and in writing. (This course does not count toward the English major).

ENG 300 Critical Analysis (3)
An introduction to theories of literature and literary criticism through their application to specific works.

ENG 313 Comparative Literature (3) Prerequisite: ENG 300
A survey of multicultural and multinational literatures.

ENG 309 Advanced Composition and Rhetorical Theory (3) Prerequisite: ENG 300
A writing workshop that refines the expository and analytical writing skills practiced in previous composition courses. It involves "writing across the curriculum" with an emphasis on rhetoric and style.

ENG 310 Old English to Neoclassical Literature(3) Prerequisite: ENG 300
A survey of representative English literary works and their traditions from Caedmon’s Hymn and Beowulf through the poetry of Thomas Gray.

ENG 311 Romantic to Modern Literature (3) Prerequisite: ENG 310
A survey of representative English literary works and their traditions from the Romantic Movement or "the Age of Revolution" through the early twentieth century or "the world war era."

ENG 312 American Literature: Colonial to the Civil War (3) Prerequisite: ENG 300
A survey of representative literary works and their traditions from the Puritan period through the abolition and civil war periods.

ENG 314 African-American Literature (3) Prerequisite: ENG 300
A survey of representative literary works and their traditions from African orality to the Naturalistic Movement in America during the 1940s.

ENG 400 Special Topic in English Literature (3)
A study of particular literary subject (genre, author, movement, tradition, or language) that warrants additional attention--for example, Shakespeare, 20th-Century British Writers, Women Novelists of the 19th-Century, Major 18th-Century English Novels, History of the English Language, or other topics proposed by professors. The student may repeat the course (for additional credit) but not the topic.

ENG 410 Special Topic in American Literature (3)
A study of a particular literary subject (genre, author, movement, tradition, or language) that warrants additional attention--for example, Modern Poetry, Modern Drama, The Transcendentalists, The American Realistic Novel, Contemporary Fiction, or other topic proposed by professors. The student may repeat the course (for additional credit) but not the topic.

ENG 420 Special Topic in African-American Literature (3)
A study of particular literary subject (genre, author, movement, tradition, or language) that warrants additional attention--for example, Black Male Writers, Black Women Writers, The Harlem Renaissance, The Black Arts Movement, Dialectology, or other topics proposed by professors. The student may repeat the course (for additional credit) but not the topic.

FRE 151 French I FRE 151 French I (3)
Designed (along with FRE 152) to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the French language, including pronunciation and the basic elements of grammar, with emphasis on comprehension, speaking, writing, and the reading of simple French texts.

FRE 152 French II (3)
A continuation of FRE 151.

FRE 253 French III (3) Prerequisite: FRE 152 or equivalent
Designed (along with FRE 254) to intensify the student’s knowledge of French and the French people, to increase the student’s fluency in spoken French, to review and reinforce the student’s knowledge of French grammar, and to acquaint the student with some works of French literature and some aspects of French life and culture.

FRE 254 French IV (3)
A continuation of FRE 253

FRE 322 French Civilization (3) Prerequisite: FRE 254 or equivalent
A study of the historical, political, artistic, and cultural developments in France starting at the time of ancient Gaul, with particular attention to current French civilization.

FRE 330 Survey of French Literature I (3) Prerequisite: FRE 254 or equivalent
A survey from the Chanson de Roland by way of Francois Villon, Rabelais, and the dramatists of the 17th-century to Voltaire and "Les Philosophes."

FRE 331 Survey of French Literature II (3) Prerequisite: FRE 254 or equivalent
A survey of literature of the 19th and 20th centuries from the Romantic poets by way of Realism , Symbolism, Surrealism, and "Les Engages" to Existentialism and "Le Nouveau Roman."

HIS 203 African American History I (3)
Social history from the African background (emphasis on West Africa) through the slave trade, the plantation system, and the Reconstruction to the Post Reconstruction period. The struggle for liberation is highlighted.

HIS 204 African American History II (3)
Social history from the nadir to the 1980s. Much attention is given to the Civil Rights decade, 1955-1964.

HIS 321 United States History I (3)
A study of the period from the discovery of America to the Civil War. It gives the student an understanding of Colonialism, the formation of the American nation, and the events that led to the Civil War. Special emphasis is given to African-American issues throughout the entire period.

HIS 322 United States History II (3)
A continuation of HIS 321. It explores thoroughly the Civil War, United States expansionism, and U.S. roles in World War I, World War II, and the present world scene. Emphasis is given to the contributions of African-Americans in building the U.S. economy, its politics, and its cultural and social changes. Special attention is directed to the Civil Rights Movement from its inception to the present. 

HIS 361 North Carolina History (3)
North Carolina history from the colonial period to World War II. Emphasis is placed on the role that North Carolina played during the period of independence, the Civil War, and Reconstruction and, also, the state’s role in the formation of the New South.

HUM 200 Introduction to the Humanities (3) HUM 200 Introduction to the Humanities (3) Prerequisite: ENG 112
A cross cultural and interdisciplinary study of works of art, literature, music, theatre, and other creative forms. The course examines the ideas and values of various times and cultures reflected in such works as well as the significance to be found in them today.

HUM 210 A Survey of the Arts (3) Prerequisite: Major in Education
An introduction to the basic characteristics of the art, drama, dance, and music of western and non-western world, with emphasis on the relationship between the arts and society. Attention is given to analyzing the attributes of the various arts.

SPA 151 Spanish I (3)
An introduction (along with SPA 152) to the Spanish language through listening, practice, conversation, simple readings, and elementary writing.

SPA 152 Spanish II (3)
A continuation of SPA 151

SPA 253 Spanish III Conversation and Grammar(3) Prerequisite: SPA 152 or equivalent
Similar in emphasis to Elementary Spanish but with expanded opportunities for comprehension and speaking proficiency.

SPA 254 Spanish IV Composition and Grammar (3)
A continuation of SPA 253 with expanded opportunities for reading and writing proficiency.
SPA 322 Latin American Civilization (3) Prerequisite: SPA 254 or instructor’s permission
A study of the historical, political, artistic, and cultural developments of Latin America from preColumbian times to modern day. The course is conducted in Spanish.

SPA 330 Survey of Latin American Literature (3) Prerequisite: SPA 254 or equivalent.
A survey of Latin American Literature from Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz to modern day, including "modernnismo", "Vanguardismo" and post "Vanguardismo". A look at various genres, including poetry, short stories, novel.

SPA 332 Hispanic Literature of the United States (3) Prerequisite: SPA 253 or equivalent
This course will study the rich literature of the Hispanic writers within the United States. Authors are Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Mexican-American as well Hispanic world.

SPA 350 Business Spanish (3) Prerequisite: SPA 253 or equivalent
Designed to help students develop skills pertaining to the business world in Spanish, including correspondence and telephone etiquette.